Mamie Perkins

Dr. Sydney Cousin, who served 25 years with Howard County schools including eight as superintendent, dies

Dr. Sydney Cousin, who served 25 years with Howard County schools including eight as superintendent, dies

During his eight-year tenure as superintendent of Howard County public schools, Dr. Sydney L. Cousin was known for fostering a close relationship with school personnel. He had a routine: every Friday he would visit schools, coming through the cafeterias to speak with rank-and-file employees.

"It was to let people know they were the important ones," he told the Howard County Times in 2012. "I wouldn't even go to the principal. I would go to the food-service workers, the maintenance workers, the secretaries, because they knew what was going on in the school. I would ask them, 'what do you need to be successful?'

"That was a valuable part of my job,” he...

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